I don’t “do” Trader Joe’s. I know, I’m weird. I try to be a Joe’s girl, I really do!
I go, I look around, and never really get much. Oh sure, the list of things I WANT to buy is long; macaroons, cute little frozen enchilada thingies, cheap wine and chocolate covered everything. I know there are healthier gems in there, but I don’t go enough to really comb the isles and seek them out. I wait for other moms to gimme the, “Hey, you GOTTA try this” review.
My bestie sent me a bag of Harvest Grain from Trader Joes all the way from Arizona. She wasn’t convinced I would actually go buy it myself since I’m TJ-challenged, so she stuck it in the mail.
You GOTTA try this!
I use it as a base for lots of dishes. You can pile anything on it sauce-wise. It’s got Israeli couscous, along with red and green orzo, split dried garbanzo beans, and red quinoa. I like to whip up a batch, add proteins and have it all week long for a quick heat and eat lunch after a workout…or cold if I’m on the run. As many of you know, I’m a “savory” and love it for breakfast too with an egg on top.
Make as much of the Harvest Grain as you’d like per package directions. About 1/2 a bag does me for 3 or 4 lunches.
To the saucepan, add
– 1/4 c chopped onion
– can of great northern beans or soybeans
– 1 tsp ginger
– 1 tsp red wine vinegar (or more if you like it tangy)
– 1/2 veggie bouillon cube
After it’s cooked, spoon a cup or so into a bowl, top with protein (tofu, chopped, cooked chicken or turkey if desired), add shredded cabbage or chopped raw spinach and add another sauce if you want. I love salsa on mine.
Other great toppings:
– almonds or seeds
– Parmesan cheese
– more vinegar
– leftover spaghetti sauce
– any ol’ thing you want!
Of course, it’s really yummy with a chocolate covered macaroon. Hey, who said that?